Hosted by U.S. Sailing Center and Pacific Coast Sailing Foundation
Host school: USC Varsity Sailing Team
From Rich Roberts
Dec. 31, 2014
Saturday’s forecast: Sunny; wind 5-10k NW; high temp. 65F.
Fair weather due for Rose Bowl Regatta
LONG BEACH, Calif.
Some chill, rain and prospects of the coldest Rose Parade in its 125 years on New Year’s Day haven’t heralded fair sailing in midweek, but forecasts call for a sunny shirtsleeve weekend for the nation’s best young sailors for the 30th Rose Bowl Regatta at Long Beach this weekend.
Some of the crews from 30 college teams coast to coast and 62 high schools from throughout California who left snow and ice behind may even ask, “This is winter?”
Temperatures should be up to 65 Fahrenheit Saturday and 70 Sunday, under orders from the host United States Sailing Center and Pacific Coast Sailing Foundation.
Led by defending champion Georgetown University of Washington D.C., currently ranked second nationally, and San Diego’s Point Loma High School, all will sail two-person 13-foot, 3-inch CFJ dinghies off the beach at the Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier.
Top-ranked Yale isn’t coming, but the next five—Georgetown, Boston College, Navy, College of Charleston and Fordham—will be racing.
There will be seating for spectators on the pier at no charge, with food, refreshments and comfort stations available. Racing will start at 11 a.m. each day, conditions permitting.
Georgetown, led by sophomore skipper Nevin Snow, finished a solid 15 points ahead of the runnerup U.S. Coast Guard Academy last year. The San Diego native estimated that although most of the teams were from outside the state, 70 per cent of the sailors were Californians.
One exception was his crew for the final rounds: Liz Mulvaney, a New York City resident who had never seen the West Coast. But she weighed only 125 pounds, which made her and other girls valuable crew in the light winds.
Later last summer Snow and three other Georgetown sailors represented the U.S. at the World University Championships in Italy, defeating defending champion Australia in the finals for first place.
Point Loma, meanwhile, hardly missed a beat in seizing its eighth consecutive High School Gold fleet championship in the Rose Bowl Regatta.
But this weekend the Pointers may face a stronger task against Newport Harbor, which has won the first two of six events of the PCISA series, followed by Point Loma with a third and second and Long Beach Wilson High School with a second and fourth.
Top teams in 2014 Rose Bowl Regatta:
1. Georgetown, 27 points.
2. U.S. Coast Guard Academy,42.
3. Roger Williams U., 48.
4. Eckerd, 50.
5. College of Charleston, 58.
High School Gold leaders
1. Point Loma Varsity, 17.
2. Newport Harbor Varsity, 33.
3. Cathedral Catholic JV, 38.
4. Santa Barbara, 57.
5. Corona del Mar, 57.
High School Silver leaders
1. Cathedral Catholic JV2, 20.
2. Loyola, 41.
3. Oakland Tech, 50.
4. Windward School, 79.
5. Sage Hill JV1, 85.
The US Sailing Center, once envisioned solely as a training site to help sailors fulfill their Olympic dreams, has developed into a center of training for sailors of every ability, from developmental clinics and hosting of world-class regattas to coaching area high schools and the USC collegiate sailing team. Programs also include Youth At-Risk activities, Learn-to-Sail classes for all ages and disabled sailing opportunities through the center’s own Disabled Sailing Association. Learn more
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